Elm boards how to
I am getting some Kiln dried Elm 4\4 boards that I want to use for window buildup, and topper for a half wall in our sitting area. The quesion I have is could I use the boards full width for the 4-5inch build up, or would you cut all the boards in say 2” strips and edge join them for warping protection?
It depends some on how the boards are mounted and how they are cut from the log. If quarter sawn, they will likely be pretty stable and less likely to warp. If flat sawn, there may be a higher likelihood of full width boards warping but, if properly dried they may not. 4-5" should be good. If any of the boards include the pith (center of the tree), I would cut that part out and glue the remainder back together if needed.
I believe these are Flat sawn, and they were dried to about 7%. I dont think there will be much for mounting, rather almost suspended between the casing and the u channel on the pvc window
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